BY HENRY MILLER
(DONNA) – Once Edcouch-Elsa’s 13-2 five-inning victory over Donna was complete, Lady Jackets head coach Ruth Flores had one question. What’s the score of the Mercedes-Brownsville Vets game?
At the time it was 2-1 Mercedes – it wasn’t what she wanted to hear. Her team had just improved to 6-3 in District 32-5A and was still eyeing a shot at second place. A Veterans win would improve the Lady Chargers to 9-0 and drop second-place Mercedes to 7-2, only one game ahead of E-E.
In the end, that’s how the scenario played out as Vets broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 3-2 win.
The Lady Jackets have to still play both teams in the second round – Veterans on Friday and at Mercedes on Tuesday. To top it off, the other loss in that E-E recorded came to Brownsville Lopez, which also had a 5-3 district record going into Tuesday. The Lady Jackets still have a game with them as well. So while second place finish is still a possibility, based on strength of their remaining schedule, fourth place is also possible.
“I spoke to the girls today about how the next two weeks are crucial and we need to do our best,” said the third-year coach. “Today they knew what they needed to do and got the job done.”
Edcouch-Elsa cranked out 12 hits including three doubles and a triple and scored in each inning.
Sam Montelongo went 4-for-4 with three singles, a triple, a stolen base and three runs scored. Pitcher Ocean Gomez gave up two runs – one in the first and one in the second – on just six hits while striking out four for Edcouch-Elsa.
“The bats got going for us tonight and hopefully we can keep them going for the next few games,” Flores said. “That was the problem with Vets and Mercedes the first time around. We’re playing well and know what we have coming up. We will do our best.”